Unfortunately, we were on different airlines, but all arriving in West Palm Beach on the same day. My mother was leaving from Dallas, and the rest of us from North West Arkansas.
|Dale, Kathryn and Bubba ready to go!
We had many tasks to be ready to travel to the Bahamas. We had three days before we had to check out of the marina, and we were also looking for a weather window to cross the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas West End.
We organized our food lists and split up, Bubba and I headed to Sams Club, and Kathryn and Audrey(mom) headed to Walmart. It was divide and conquer!!! I also sent Kathryn on a little of a wild goose chase, as I didn't know if the propane bottles were completely filled or not. So she caught an Uber to fill the tanks. Turns out the tank were already full, and after $2.60 for propane and $20 Uber rides, we had the peace of mind that we would have coffee and cooking for the foreseeable future! Thanks Kathryn!!!!
|This was only half of the stuff! Where to put it all????
|Always time for a quick beer!
|Bubba's bucket of beer!
|We tried our best to loose those white sunglasses
Of course our social butterfly Bubba had friends in West Palm Beach. So we had dinner with Gizzi, who's name is actually Kristin...took me a while to get her name right!
|Bubba, Gizzi(Kristin), Kathryn, Dale, Audrey
|Beautiful sunrise West Palm Beach
|Early morning walk
|Sunset in West Palm Beach
|Sunrise at the marina
|Bubba and Dale installing the new BBQ grill
|Bubba and mom removing the old decal
|Dale and Bubba installing the new decals
|No comments needed!
|Our first dinner on anchor
|Sunset in West Palm Beach harbor
MokaKat was ready for the crossing, but the captain was totally stressed. The only time that I had taken the boat out of the marina was the quick motor to the anchorage. I did spend a couple of hours with the boat in the harbor during the sea trial, but no blue water sailing. I didn't know how the boat was going to perform and I really didn't know the boat that well. Luckily, the boat was very similar to my original MokaKat, a 2009 Leopard L40. I was still stressed and the butterflies were flying!
After a short sleep, we woke up at 3:00 am and made coffee, and got the boat ready to go. It was anchor up at 4:00 am, and we were motoring out of the anchorage. The large dock lights lit up the whole harbor, so getting through the other anchored boats and into the channel was very easy. We headed out the pass with 5 knot east wind and very small swell. The wind was to be on the nose the whole trip, so we would have to motor the whole 60 miles to the Bahamas West End.
|Lights from West Palm Beach
|Sunrise in the Atlantic, heading to the Bahamas!
|Relaxing after a stressful couple of days
|Our first Mai Mai!!! Great job Bubba!
|Captain doing what he does best!
|Mom enjoying being on the water again
|Quick lunch selfie on the open seas!
The only casualty of the trip was the boat bucket. I was trying to get sea water to wash out the fish blood and the lost the bucket overboard. It was floating, so Bubba turned around but we ran over the bucket. we circled around again, but it was sinking fast. I took off my shirt and shorts and dove into the cold 1000 foot water, but the bucket was already down below 30 feet. Oh well, I believe we had a spare, but you know captains and their boat buckets....
|Land Ho! West End Bahamas
|Entering the West End Old Bahama Bay Marina for customs check in!
|Large bull shark welcoming us to the marina! Yikes!!!
|Bubba's shopping efforts
|Officially in the Bahamas!
|View of the marina
Coming up next will be our Bahamas experience in Abaco!
Happy Sailing on MokaKat!